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5 Ways to Customize Your Deck

Posted on: August 26, 2015

Customizing your new deck or sprucing up your existing outdoor living space can enhance your Maryland home. Giving you added room for daily living and entertaining, a deck is one of the least expensive ways to add usable square footage to your home.

Modern designs, materials, and custom building features will make your deck unique to your home. These ideas can be added to an existing deck or custom designed for your home.

Looking for more unique customization? Contact our team at Diamond Decks today to schedule a consultation to find custom deck solutions to fit your needs, taste, and budget!

How to Customize Your Maryland Home’s Deck

Whether you’re starting from scratch or resurfacing and adding onto your existing deck, here are a few ideas to help you customize your project.

1. Materials

Traditional woods such as redwood, cedar, and pressure treated lumber are the most common materials used for decking. The recent addition of exotic woods like Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, add more options to give your deck a different look.

More common in recent years, composite materials like Fiberon, and TREX are being used for deck construction. Composite materials add the advantage of a real wood appearance, combined with the easy maintenance and longevity found in manmade materials.

2. Railings

Railing on wood decks is most traditionally wood however, rails can also be constructed from metal or composites and you have many choices of style, no matter the material used. Narrow pilings offer unobstructed views from your deck. The addition of wider palings, slats, or lattices can offer a break from the wind and even noise reduction.

3. Combination Deck & Patio Additions

Adding a patio is an attractive and functional addition to your deck. A patio offers extra living space at ground level, or above, if you are building into a hillside in Ellicott City, Annapolis, Columbia, or Baltimore, Maryland areas. Using stone, wood, or composites, a patio off of your deck further enhances your home and gives you a place for plants, seating and relaxation. Using patios to add multi-levels in the design of your deck you can add livability and functionality.

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4. Outdoor Fire Pits & Kitchens

An outdoor fire pit or kitchen can help take your entire gathering outdoors. Imagine an outdoor fire pit for the coming fall days. You can extend the use of your deck or patio with its addition. An outdoor kitchen allows the cook to be in the middle of the party with easy access to all of their culinary needs. A grill is a given in an outdoor kitchen but when you add a refrigerator, sink, stove top, ice maker, and other common kitchen gadgetry, the indoor convenience of your kitchen comes outside with all of its culinary imagination.

5. Contoured Designs

Traditionally, decks have been square or rectangular structures tacked to the side of a home with little thought about the overall design and function. New designs offer contours giving a deck more form and eye appeal as designs move away from the traditional square box thinking.

Building decks on multiple levels, with an outdoor kitchen on one level and a small pond built into your stone patio on another, your outdoor living will become your haven from the world. Adding built-in benches and extra seating will give you additional room for more family and guests!

Customize Your Deck Today with Diamond Decks in Maryland!

Are you already envisioning your new deck? Get those creative juices flowing and contact Diamond Decks today to see what it will take to turn your dreams into reality. Serving the Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, and Ellicott City areas, Diamond Decks can help you make your outdoor living space a place for your enjoyment.

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  • "My wife and I are very pleased with our recent experience with Diamond Decks. Our interaction with everyone from the company was great from the schedulers on the phone to the men who did the work. William remained in close communication with us until the job was completed and we were satisfied. The deck itself is beautiful and of excellent quality. We will be recommending Diamond Decks to everyone we know. -Kev Mitchell, Piney Orchard, MD"
    Customer: Kevin and Winnie
    Address: Odenton, Maryland
    Date: 07/18/2017
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